Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo (15) is unable to catch a home run ball hit by Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (not pictured) during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The game featured the Rockies stranding the bases loading, committing two base running errors in the same inning, and a Troy Tulowitzki fielding error. The game also featured the Arizona Diamondbacks power couple of Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo combining to go 5-9 with a walk. After reading that you probably think we lost…you would be wrong. Rockies win 5-4 powered by a 3 run homer by Justin Morneau and a decent start by Tyler Matzek.
Here is your inning by inning recap:
3 up, 3 down Rockies.
John Axford here to save the day. I’d rather this save opportunity not included Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo but here we are. With A.J. Pollock on 3rd, Goldschmidt on first, Trumbo grounds out to Nolan Arenado and your Colorado Rockies have won yet another road game. Final score 5-4.
Carlos Gonzalez leads the inning off with a shift beating single. Next batter, Michael McKenry promptly bats into a double play. Why can’t we have nice things?
Rafael Betancourt comes in and gives up a leadoff double to Mark Trumbo. When it seems the inning would be over on a slow roller to Troy Tulowitzki, the ball goes under Tulo’s glove and through his legs. 5-4 Rockies clinging to the lead. Remember we the Rockies left the bases loaded in the 5th ***nervous laugh***.
Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson lead the inning off with singles, Troy Tulowitzki comes up to bat. Visions of runs being scored dancing in my head as Tulo grounds into a double play and my head falls into my lap. Diamondbacks decide to intentionally walk the man with the first inning homer Justin Morneau to face #holynoly Nolan Arenado. 3 pitches later Arenado was a strikeout victim. The feeling the Rockies are trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory hangs in the midst.
I questioned bringing Brooks Brown back out to pitch the 7th. My apologies Mr. Brown, you were awesome. 3 up, 3 down inning including a strike out of Paul Goldschmidt.
Troy Tulowitzki with a leadoff double. Tulo scores on a Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly. 5-2 Rockies.
Rockies load the bases, leave pitcher Tyler Matzek in to bat. Rockies strand loaded bases. I know pennants aren’t won in April but damnit they are lost. Why not pinch hit for Matzek?
Matzek threw one pitch in the bottom of the 6th and left with what was later called “cramps”. ***hindsight, shoulda pinch hit for him in the top half of 6th*** (maybe I’m just bitter).
Brooks Brown gives up a leadoff walk (GRRRR) and a single. A wild pitch advances the runners and what could become an iconic name in baseball comes up to bat. Tuffy Gosewisch grounds out to Nolan Arenado. As Arenado throws the ball across the diamond, Cuban rookie Yasmany Tomas charges home from 3rd base. 5-3 Rockies.
Another 1-2-3 inning for our Rockies batters which prompted me to tweet that I had an eerie feeling creeping in.
Leadoff walk (grrrr), single, sacrifice bunt by D’Backs pitcher. Eerie feeling is real.
The ever sexy RBI groundout by Ender Inciarte to make it a 4-1 game. An inconclusive replay on a great defensive effort by DJ LeMahieu rules AJ Pollock safe at first base, it’s a 4-2 game with Rockies holding onto the lead. Mark Trumbo was the final out (warms my heart).
Rockies Carlos Gonzalez earns a walk. The early season slump may not be in the rear view mirror but objects are appearing smaller than they actually are.
Tyler Matzek got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out!! Mark Trumbo hit a double but didn’t leave second base. Rockies continue to lead 4-0.
The Rockies go 3 up, 3 down.
The Rockies do something in the bottom of the 3rd that happens far too often for my liking. A leadoff walk followed by a double play. Hey, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Seriously though, we need to fix this giving up leadoff walks thing.
Featured the Rockies shooting themselves in the foot…TWICE! DJ LeMahieu singled and then got caught stealing and what must have been a missed sign somewhere. Tyler Matzek and Charlie Blackmon both hit singles then Corey Dickerson got a hit. The hit drove home Matzek but Dickerson was tagged out going into second. IF DJ doesn’t get caught stealing, IF Dickerson just stays at first base, this inning could still be going on!! Instead, we settle for a 4-0 lead.
Tyler Matzek has a 1-2-3 second inning with two strikeouts prompting the hashtag #MatzekShow.
The story of the Rockies first inning is NOT Justin Morneau‘s 3 run homerun. The tip of the cap, the “we’re not worthy” bows go to Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo fouled off five(5) 3-2 count pitches on his way to earning a walk and joining Corey Dickerson on the base path.
With a 3 run lead, Tyler Matzek took the mound and easily retired the first two Diamondback batters. The D’backs dynamic duo of Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo however both reached base. I suppose as long as Rockies pitchers keep them stranded on base…
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